Is Tiffany Haddish an Eritrean citizen? Actress may replace Ellen DeGeneres as star of daytimeTV, says source
With 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' shutting shop, a senior NBCUniversal source has reportedly revealed that Tiffany Haddish might just be the network's choice going forward
Ellen DeGeneres, the longtime deity of daytime television, is currently seeing a downfall in the wake of controversy regarding her behavior offscreen. After 19 years of being on television, 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' will be shutting shop. And it looks like there might already be a replacement for Ellen. A senior NBCUniversal source has reportedly revealed that Tiffany Haddish might just be the network's choice going forward.
The 40-year-old actress and comedian might be stepping into Ellen's shoes and taking over her daytime television crown. "Tiffany is a favorite, she has humor and empathy in spades. She’s top of the list to get a daytime show - she’s a fresh voice," the source recently revealed.
Haddish is not unknown to Ellen's show. In October last year and a month ago in April, she filled in for DeGeneres. DeGeneres owns the rights to her show, which is syndicated and produced by Warner Bros. Therefore if the network wants to replace her, they would have to launch a fresh format with a new host.
And if we are to believe what insiders are saying at the moment, Haddish might just be the person to take over.
She is currently working on a plethora of things - hosting CBS' 'Kids Say The Darndest Things' and appearing opposite Billy Crystal in a new movie, 'Here Today', among other things.
In 2021, the 'Girls Trip' actress won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for her album 'Black Mitzvah'. It made her the second African-American woman to win this prize after Whoopi Goldberg in 1986. The actress and comedienne is also known for her work in 'The Last O.G.', 'Tuca & Bertie', and 'Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker' among others.
While Haddish remains a very popular personality in pop culture, especially with her Netflix stand-up special 'Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah' and 'Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready', many might not know that she is a completely self-made personality, having risen above difficult beginnings. After graduating from high school, Haddish was reportedly homeless, living in her car for a period of time.
Many of her fans might also be unaware that she is actually a naturalized citizen of Eritrea.
In 2018, she had first visited the country to bury her Eritrean-born Ethiopian-Jewish father who came to the US as a refugee, and to connect with her relatives.
Such was the impact of her visit there that on May 22, 2019, she applied for the relevant forms for citizenship at a government office. In photographs shared on social media, Haddish was seen draped in the Eritrean flag, while filling out forms with officials present. At the time, Eritrea was celebrating the 28th anniversary of its independence from Ethiopia after a 30-year war.
An Eritrean diplomat in the United States confirmed Tiffany Haddish's citizenship, saying it happened at "a very touching moment of our independence week."
"05/21/19 #Asmara A historic moment for our sister @TiffanyHaddish !!!! She applied for an #Eritrea/n ID card and granted citizenship at this very touching momemnt of our independence week. Congrats Tiff. #EritreaShinesAt28 ኤርትራ ወትሩ ብደቃ ትኹላዕ" they tweeted on social media.
05/21/19#Asmara— Hadnet Keleta (@hadnetkeleta) May 22, 2019
A historic moment for our sister @TiffanyHaddish!!!! She applied for an #Eritrea/n ID card and granted citizenship at this very touching momemnt of our independence week. Congrats Tiff.#EritreaShinesAt28
ኤርትራ ወትሩ ብደቃ ትኹላዕ pic.twitter.com/Q8qCcCI6IL